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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Team Spotlight! Interview with Supermomma45

MsAnomaly's interview with supermomma45

1. When did you open your Etsy store and begin selling?
I opened my shop on October 9, 2007

2. How did you select your shop’s name?
At first, I was going to call it my stained glass arcadia. A couple of friends did over my shop look and gave me the name Supermomma45.

3. What do you create and sell in your Etsy shop?
All of my items are stained glass that I design and make myself. It could be night lights to kitchen cabinet door panels. I love to design and make them. Anything is possible in the world of stained glass. I tell people if you can imagine it, I can make it. One time when I was only doing cabinet doors, a person wanted a Garfield Clock. Well, I made a 3D image of Garfield with the clock in his belly. Really neat!

4. How did you become involved in your craft?
Becoming involved with stained glass was a pure accident, literally. On Sept 2, 1982 I was involved in a car accident. My face was put through the windshield. My left shoulder was shoved between the driver seat and the side of the door. My steering wheel was shoved into the column with my chest in which I broke four ribs and punctured my left lung. I was messed up badly. I looked like Rocky in the movie. From there, I went into sleeping 23 hours out of the day. One day, my brothers had a hard time getting me awake. They rushed me to the doctor. My left side of my face was swollen four times it size. Had a fractured cheek bone. I was not pretty by the least. Anyways, the doctor put me on Tylenol 3, which at that time was very new. I was doing the opposite now of being up 23 hours out of the day. That is when I started to take stained glass classes. Everyone thought I was out partying it up, but in truth I was learning a new trade. So, out of this terrible accident came the love of stained glass.

5. Explain your favorite part of the creative process.
The whole process is the best experience. The greatest is seeing the project start as an idea and then seeing it complete.

6. Do you sell in another Etsy store or anywhere outside of Etsy? If so, where?
Etsy is my only store I have right now. Starting next month, I will be selling my art at the Fairfield Art Walk the first Friday of each month.

7. So far, what project are you most proud of?
The one project that I love so much is the one of our Lord. I drew the picture from a small 1 x 1 picture free handed.

8. What advice can you give to someone who would like to learn your craft?
My advice to someone new is that you have to love what you do. If you dream, think, and eat of it, then this is what you should do. Let your imagination flow. Pour it into the wonderful colours of glass. Take your time. You will love the outcome.

9. What motivated you to join the Etsy Beagle Street Team?
When I found out they had a street team for beagles, I was thrilled. I have a little mix breed. She is half Lab and half beagle. Her breed is Labbe. Her name is Oreo.
She is all black except a little white on her paws and throat. She is named after the Wizard of Oz when the guards are marching back into the witch's castle and they say, "Oorreeoo." As soon as she heard her name, she barked. So, Oreo was chosen.

10. Any other places we might find you (Flickr, blog, MySpace, etc.)?
I'm on facebook and the blog.


missamandabeth said...

Wow, great interview! Very inspirational. Oreo is very cute. :)

FrumsGlass said...

Great interview with Supermomma45. Thanks for sharing. I love her lighted village and Oreo is adorable.

MsAnomaly said...

Blessings to you, Bee for having the courage to keep going after such a terrible accident. The result, your stained glass work, is a beautiful testament as to why we should never give up! Your work is fantastic and it was a pleasure interviewing you!

CK said...

Great interview. Yet another reason why the arts are so important. They are therapeutic.

Cindy said...

You are an inspiring person!! Sorry on reading about the accident, but you did find something else that was hidden silently in yourself. keep up the wonderful work!